Humanities students carried out green-screen filming to simulate news broadcasts about Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines. They wrote their own film scripts and, in order to make their news reports as authentic as possible, images of a newsdesk and hurricane were superimposed afterwards. All 180 students in Year 8 took part in the project and a compilation of clips is now being produced, some showing a news studio and others portraying live interviews from the scene of the devastation.
Teacher Mr Glesinger said: ‘This project enables students to think more deeply about the impact of extreme weather phenomenon, both in the communities and countries that it affects, but also on a global scale with the media reaction and fundraising appeals that follow such a devastating event as Typhoon Haiyan.
'The students had to research the typhoon and its traumatic impact in the Phillipines in order to prepare their own personalised scripts. I trialled some similar green-screen filming with Year 12 students to create a revision guide and the success of that gave us the idea of expanding it to engage younger students.’